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Copper-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling Using Mixed Nanocluster Catalysts

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posted on 2002-09-12, 00:00 authored by Mehul B. Thathagar, Jurriaan Beckers, Gadi Rothenberg
A small library of copper and noble metal nanoclusters is designed and synthesized. These clusters are tested as catalysts in the Suzuki cross-coupling of various aryl halides with phenylboronic acid. It is found that copper and copper/noble metal combination nanoclusters are active catalysts for this reaction, the most active being the combined copper/palladium clusters. Iodo-, bromo-, and chloroarenes can be used. In the case of p-nitrobromobenzene, a one-pot cross-coupling and selective hydrogenation is achieved.